School of the Laity

Summer 2018 School of the Laity Participants & Teachers

Upcoming Class Dates

October 13-14, 2018; March 9-10, 2019

 SOL_Registration Form_HMP


Courses Offered October 13-14, 2018

First Year Students: Old Testament
Old Testament Registration Form
Rev. Andy Meeker, Pastor, Wilmington Island PC

Second Year Students: History, Mission & Polity
History, Mission & Polity Registration Form
Rev. Eric Beene, Pastor, White Bluff PC

Fall Continuing Education Courses

October 13-14, 2018
Pastoral Care
Registration Form – Pastoral Care
Rev. Rachel Greiner, Chaplain, Memorial Hospital
Sermon on the Mount
Registration Form_Sermon on the Mount
Rev. Chris Noyes, Pastor, FPC, Brunswick

Continuing Education Course –
Rescheduled from Summer 2018 to March 8-10, 2019
SOL Registration Form_Worship & Sacrament
Revs. Mary & Eric Beene

History of the
School of the Laity program

2017 School of the Laity graduates, from left: Ken Bailey, Emily Crawford Sanders, Barbara Conner, Daniel Walters

In the fall of 1988, ten laypeople of Savannah Presbytery became the first graduating class of an innovative presbytery ministry know as the School of the Laity. A very demanding program of study requiring a two-year commitment and additional hours of class and preparation time, the School of the Laity was a vision of then Executive Presbyter Dr. J. Richard Bass, who saw the desire of laypersons to engage in serious study of scripture, theology, and ministry.

The students participate in two summer courses taught by college professors. Each session involves eighteen hours of class time and additional hours of personal study. The courses are: Introduction to the Bible and Introduction to Reformed Theology. In the final summer, they complete their studies with an in-depth course in Practical Ministry.

Students complete briefer courses in the spring and fall of two successive years. Savannah Presbytery ministers lead studies on Old Testament, New Testament, History, Mission & Polity and Practical Ministry 1.

To date over 250 laypeople have participated in the School of the Laity, representing two-thirds of the churches of the presbytery. Its graduates are providing outstanding leadership in their congregations, the presbytery and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.